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USA Elite National Track Championships - CN
USA, October 1-5, 2008
Day 5 - October 5: Men: Madison, Team Sprint; Women: Points race, Team Sprint
Pearce dominates final day
Watkins, Higgins sweep men's and women's sprint events
By Andy Lee, USA Cycling
USA Cycling awarded the final 10 Stars-and-Stripes jerseys over the weekend as the 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships concluded in Carson on Sunday.
Colby Pearce (Garmin-Chipotle) claimed a pair of national titles, winning both the 30-kilometre points race and teaming up with teammate Daniel Holloway to win the Madison. In the points race, Pearce finished with 66 points after lapping the field twice and winning three intermediate sprints to finish ahead of Kirk O'Bee (Health Het-Maxxis). O'Bee scored 48 and Holloway 35 points, respectively. With his third-place overall finish, Holloway also claimed the U23 national title in the points race.
In the Madison, Pearce and Holloway scored 38 points to beat Guy East (CRCA) and Austin Carroll (Rock Racing), while the pairing of Ian Moir (/Rock Racing) and Daniel Heeley (Southbay Wheelmen) finished a lap down to place third.
In the women's points race, Kacey Manderfield (Verducci Breakaway Racing), 22, won the event to claim both the elite and U23 titles. Manderfield was one of six riders to lap the field and won two intermediate sprints to score 34 points. Alison Powers (Colavita-Sutter Home) was second with 29 points, while Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway Racing) finished third with 27.
In the men's keirin, Jimmy Watkins (Momentum) outsprinted Justin Williams (Rock Racing) and Lanell Rockmore for the elite title. For Watkins, it was his third title of the week after he also won the match sprint and teamed up with Dean Tracy (Land Rover-Orbea) and Kelyn Akuna (Veritas Cycling) to score a team sprint championship.
Women's sprinters also took center stage over the weekend as Cari Higgins (Proman-Paradigm) completed a sweep of all three events. After her keirin title on Friday, Higgins won the match sprint and teamed up with Liz Reap-Carlson (Verducci Breakaway Racing) to win the team sprint.
In the match sprint, Higgins initially qualified second behind Reap-Carlson, but eventually won the national title with two straight head-to-head victories over her in the finals. Eventual fourth-place finisher in the women's match sprint, Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Club), earned the U23 title.
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Men's Madison 1 Garmin / Chipotle 38 pts Colby Pearce (Garmin/Chipotle) Daniel Holloway (Garmin/Chipotle) 2 Crca / Rock 15 pts Guy East (CRCA / Sakonnet) Austin Carroll (Rock Racing) One lap behind 3 Southbay Wheelmen 20 pts Ian Moir (Rock Racing) Daniel Heeley (South Bay Wheelmen) 4 Successful Living 14 pts Cody O'reilly (Successful Living) Kirk O'bee (HealthNet/Maxxis) 5 Wolverine Sports Clu 5 pts Iggy Silva (Team Rock) Luke Cavender (Wolrvine Sports Club) 6 First Rate Mortgage 3 pts Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage) James Stangeland (Gin Optics Cycling) 7 Wheel And Sprocket 3 pts Chad Hartley (Jittery Joe's) Andrew Crater (Team Wheel & Sprocke) Two laps behind 8 Rock Racing Justin Williams (Rock Racing) Jackie Simes (TIME Pro Cycling) 9 Gentle Lovers Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers) Daniel Harm (Broadmark) DNF Pa Lightning Michael Chauner (PA Lightning) Tucker Brown (PA Lightning) DNF Amgen-Giant Masters John Walsh (Time Factory) Keith Ketterer (Amgen/Giant Masters) DNF Abd Geargrinder Daniel Lionberg (Colorado State Unive) Zach Watson (Athletes By Design) DNF Matrix / Rbm Andrew Armstrong (Matrix / RBM) Andrew Kruse (SPEEDFIX p/b Cane Cr) DNF Vitamin Cottage Karl Erickson (Vitamin Cottage) John Teal (Hammer) DNF Vagan Death Squad Zak Kovalcik (Team Beer) Jack Lindquist (Vegan Death Squad) DNF Guiness David Klipper (Guinness) Julian Kyer (RMCEF Racing) DNS Indiana Hand Center Tom Hanley (Indiana Hand Center) Men's Team Sprint 1 Unatatched 0.47.39 Dean Tracy (Land Rover - Orbea) Kelyn Akuna (Veritas Cycling Team) Jimmy Watkins (Momentum cycling) 2 Team Rock 0.48.21 David Espinoza (Herbalife) Lanell Rockmore (Gotham Cycling) Justin Williams (Rock Racing) 3 Hurricane Ike Serviv 0.49.43 Ryan Crane (GCCA - Toyota) Daniel Walker (Northwest Cycling Cl) Andrew Weathers (GCCA-Toyota) 4 Midwest Express 0.49.64 Chris Ferris (Sub11 Racing) John Mathieson Taylor Olson (SpeedFix) 5 Pete Gio Brian 0.49.93 Giovanni Rey (Montano Velo Track) Peter Billington (Whole Athlete) Brian Peterson (Webcor/Alto Velo) 6 Bike Central 0.50.76 Brian Abers (Bike Central) Mark Godfrey (Bike Central) Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers) 7 Vegan Death Squad 0.51.60 Zak Kovalcik (Team Beer) Jack Lindquist (Vegan Death Squad) Joshua Schwartz (Organic Athlete) 8 Kahala - Lagrange 0.51.94 Chad Millikan (Fog Racing/La Habra) Stuart Press (Kahala-LaGrange) Eric Manuel (Team Planet-X Master) 9 Ouch Sports Medical 0.52.26 Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Cycling) Vann Johnson (GS Adams Avenue) Brent Kay (OUCH Sports Medical) 10 Veritas 0.52.76 Matthew Martinez (Veritas) Kieran Cox (Kaiser Permanente/ T) Nathan R Frechen Women's Points race 1 Kacey Manderfield 34 pts 2 Alison Powers 29 3 Theresa Cliff-Ryan 27 4 Christen King 25 5 Julia Manley 23 6 Megan Guarnier 21 One lap behind 7 Rebecca Quinn 19 pts 8 Anna Lang 13 9 Shelley Olds 8 10 Kimberly Geist 8 11 Catherine Fiedler 6 12 Annette Williams 5 13 Colleen Hayduk 4 14 Cassandra Holman 1 15 Gina Barbosa 16 Katharine Lundby 17 Jennifer Reither Two laps behind 18 Kelli Jones -13 DNF Christine Chang -20 DNF Shelby Reynolds -20 DNF Norrene Godfrey -20 DNS Heather Ross U23 1 Kacey Manderfield 2 Julia Manley 3 Kimberly Geist 4 Catherine Fiedler Women's team sprint 1 Proman / Verducci 0.36.49 Liz Reap-Carlson (Verducci/Breakaway R) Cari Higgins (PROMAN/Paradigm) 2 Home Depot Center 0.37.40 Becky Lang (Home Depot Center) Dana Feiss (Tri State Velo) 3 Team U23 0.38.78 Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Cl) Andrea Fisk (Velo Bella-Kona) 4 Sho-Air/Team Velo Sp 0.39.35 Boyenger Cj (SHO-AIR/Team Velo Sp) Shane Ellis (SHO-AIR/Team Velo Sp) 5 Bike Central 0.39.97 Shelley Hughes-Godfrey (Bike Central) Elizabeth Newell